Bells of the Dead

The Bells of the Dead

The Bells of the Dead was a small shrine opened to the air [1] dedicated to the memory of twelve shugenja led by Asako Hu Xiang [2] who died battling a powerful evil [3] gaki, the Shimushigaki, in 830. [4] It was said that so long as the bells of the shrine were rung regularly the shugenja would protect the Wall above the Ocean mountains. [5] The shrine was located south to Kyuden Suzume. [6]

Bells Edit

The bells were forty pound bronze pieces, covered in kanji with the name of those shugenja who sacrificed their lifes. [2] Each of them carried that shugenja's spirit. [7] The bell's tone was a throbbing hum that filled the air and hanged. [8]

Shimushigaki Returns Edit

In 1088 an Asako Inquisitor by the name Asako Nakiro was studying the Shimushigaki. [4] He was attacked by the Gaki that planted a piece of it into Nakiro's soul, giving the evil spirit the control of the Inquisitor. [9] Nakiro later met Daidoji Dajan, who was mainpulated to retrieve the bells from the shrine, allowing the gaki to use its full power. [10]

Return to Slumber Edit

In 1125 Hu Xiang's bell was recovered by a group of samurai who were investigating the conspiracy against the disbanded Hare Clan. [2] They eventually put Shimushi back to sleep. [11]

External Links Edit

Bells of the Dead 2

The Bells of the Dead (QQQ)


  1. Bells of the Dead, p. 30
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Bells of the Dead, p. 26
  3. Roleplaying in the Emerald Empire, p. 240
  4. 4.0 4.1 Bells of the Dead, p. 8
  5. Legend of the Five Rings; Third Edition, p. 306
  6. Roleplaying in the Emerald Empire, p. 228
  7. Bells of the Dead, p. 36
  8. Bells of the Dead, p. 28
  9. Bells of the Dead, p. 39
  10. Bells of the Dead, pp. 27, 39
  11. Bells of the Dead, p. 36

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